From Revolution to Power in Brazil

  • How Radical Leftists Embraced Capitalism and Struggled with Leadership

  • by Kenneth P. Serbin

  • 462 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 , 49 illustrations

  • Paperback | 9780268105860 | July 2021

  • Hardcover | 9780268105853 | June 2019

  • eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268105884 | June 2019

  • eBook (EPUB) | 9780268105877 | June 2019

  • Kellogg Institute Series on Democracy and Development


From Revolution to Power in Brazil: How Radical Leftists Embraced Capitalism and Struggled with Leadership examines terrorism from a new angle. Kenneth Serbin portrays a generation of Brazilian resistance fighters and militants struggling to rebuild their lives after suffering torture and military defeat by the harsh dictatorship that took control with the support of the United States in 1964, exiting in 1985.

Based on two decades of research and more than three hundred hours of interviews with former members of the revolutionary organization National Liberating Action, Serbin’s is the first book to bring the story of Brazil’s long night of dictatorship into the present. It explores Brazil’s status as an emerging global capitalist giant and its unique contributions and challenges in the social arena.

The book concludes with the rise of ex-militants to positions of power in a capitalist democracy—and how they confronted both old and new challenges posed by Brazilian society. Ultimately, Serbin explores the profound human questions of how to oppose dictatorship, revive politics in the wake of brutal repression, nurture democracy as a value, and command a capitalist system. This book will be of keen interest to business people, journalists, policy analysts, and readers with a general interest in Latin America and international affairs.